Wow! Talk about steam!
Take a cold morning in Lake Louise in Alberta and add monster steam engine and this is what you get!
The Canadian Pacific Railroads “rock star” is the CP 2816 Empress.
A 78 year old locomotive that has been lovingly restored to her original condition by the Canadian Pacific Railway to celebrate it’s heritage. Watch this video as the engineer slowly warms her up and drowns everything around her in a cloud of steam! Magnificent!
The CP 2816 Empress is the only survivor of a group of “Hudson” type locomotives built in the 1930’s by the Montreal Locomotive Works. The “Hudson” type locomotives were named after the Hudson River and was built as a high-powered, fast passenger locomotive. Her route included the distance between Winnipeg and Calgary. She had 4,700 horsepower and regularly operated at 70 miles per hour!
After being retired in 1964, she sat on display in Ohio until the Canadian Pacific bought her back in 1998 and rebuilt her top to bottom. The restoration took over 2 years and cost upwards of $2,000,000. Her original cost to build was $120,000 back in 1930.
What would that be in today’s dollars?
If youâve ever taken a ride on the CP 2816 Empress on one of her excursion runs or a train like this let us know in the comments below! Would love to hear your experience on this classic piece of history!